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List of Famous Blacksmiths

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List of famous blacksmiths, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top blacksmiths in the world? This includes the most prominent blacksmiths, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable blacksmiths is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic blacksmiths were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned blacksmiths.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known blacksmiths to the lesser known blacksmiths of today, these are some of the best professionals in the blacksmith field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous blacksmiths ever?" and "What are the names of famous blacksmiths?" then you're in the right place. 
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    Viktor Burduk

    Viktor Burduk is the Honoured Artist of Ukraine, director of the Ukrainian Handcrafted Wrought Iron and Forge Company “Hefest”, the head of Ukraine Blacksmiths Art Masters department in Donetsk since 2009, the head of Donbass Blacksmiths Guild, Donetsk representative at the Ring Of The European Cities Of Iron Works and the head of Donbass Darts Association. He is a project author of the Forged Figures Park and hotel “Ispanskiy dvorik” and the participant of Millennium World Exhibition in Hannover in 2000....  more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Baltiysk, Russia
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    Jan Liwacz

    Jan Liwacz (born 4 October 1898 in Dukla, died 22 April 1980 in Bystrzyca Kłodzka) was a master blacksmith and prisoner of Auschwitz concentration camp best known for the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" slogan over the camp's main entrance gate that he made. When the SS ordered him to make this sign, he placed a hidden message in the word ARBEIT: he turned the letter “B” upside down. He was detained and arrested on 16 October 1939 in Bukowsko, and kept in the prisons of Sanok, Krosno, Kraków, and Nowy Wiśnicz; he arrived at Auschwitz in its beginnings, on 20 June 1940, receiving the early camp number of 1010. As a metal worker he was assigned to a kommando manufacturing the camp's...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1898-1980)
  • George Vail (July 21, 1809 – May 23, 1875) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1853 to 1857. His father Stephen Vail, and his brother Alfred Vail were the driving force behind the success of the Speedwell Iron Works. Father and sons assisted in the technical expertise and financial development of this family business. The Vail family contributions to mechanical inventions, early communication, transportation industry, and mass production placed Speedwell at the cutting edge of the Industrial Revolution in the United States....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1809-1875)
    • Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America
  • Philip Simmons (June 9, 1912 – June 22, 2009) was an American artisan and blacksmith specializing in the craft of ironwork. Simmons spent 78 years as a blacksmith, focusing on decorative iron work. When he began his career, blacksmiths in Charleston made practical, everyday household objects, such as horseshoes. By the time he retired 77 years later, the craft was considered an art form rather than a practical profession.Examples of Simmons' work, including iron gates, can be seen throughout the city of Charleston, South Carolina, as well as the rest of South Carolina Lowcountry. His pieces are displayed at the Smithsonian Museum, South Carolina State Museum, and even Paris, France, and...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 97 (1912-2009)
    • Birthplace: Daniel Island, South Carolina